While I remember
How can people remember things, if they don’t make movies or take photographs?

Terra Madre 2006

The Australians 'do' Torino

I was ‘sponsored’ by the Rare Breeds Trust of Australia to attend Slow Food 2006 Terra Madre, I just had to pay to get there. That’s where I learnt that eating is an agricultural act, producing it a gastronomical act (it has to taste good) and purchasing it (our choices) a political act.

The zen of the long drive.

From Another Country Diary 3 Feb. 2002

It’s like the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Postscript’ where he writes about driving through County Clare  – “when the wind and the light are working off each other … Useless to think you’ll park and capture it, More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there.”

(Film) Notes on Technology

“alternative”, “avant-garde”,“experimental” and “independent” - whatever.

How our tools change the way we work interests me most, and not just theatrical mainstream. For this Cinema Papers piece I selected from the first 54 issues of the Cantrill’s Filmnotes magazine talking about ‘alternate’ film and video technology.

9 May 2002 - a 'poem'

A country diary day of some pain

As I rounded the corner I saw the road covered with white flying feathers and a splattered chook being picked up by a tall young man with a look of pain on his face. He crossed the road just in front of me, the early yellow sunlight on him against the dark road.

The Interactive Movie is Dead

(George Lucas said so)

Adrian Carr, Australian film editor and director talked to me about interactive components for The Pandora Directive game from 1997, and Power Rangers TV shoots. Updated from Cinema Papers #115

Here's looking at you Geek 1998

How the computer industry saw itself in the press

This captures a time of media change nicely I think. It was when suddenly it was cool to write about computers, and the advertisers rushed to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian computer sections. That’s where I was writing.

SYTE magazine - Launch review

From MM magazine September 1996

I think Tony Sarno has created another monster, this one may be Godzilla and stomp across standard newspaper conventions, and it might have to battle to win its own audience. On the positive side, almost like Godzilla, there’s going to be a new episode every week and that’s a lot of opportunity to get it right.

Adobe Design Conference 1996

SYTE article - The Australian

“The road connects things, the road has the potential of the continually changing viewpoint, a different driveway every night. The only thing about the road that is frustrating, is that it would be terrific if you could turn a corner and really be in a different place. On the Internet you can do that with a simple link. Click on a URL and you are in some fantastic place you never imagined.” Dana Atchley

A story about Dana Atchley

A digital story, therefore vulnerable to magnets

Dana said it was the best thing that had been written about him and he linked to it for years. Besides being flattered (after all it was just using his words) I like it too. He died in San Francisco on December 13 2000.

Tin

Not so tinny. From the archive.

This started as a gallery of my toy robots until I began musing on why I collected them. That brought up all the usual stuff, god, drugs, sex, myths and creativity. It was originally made in Flash in 1998.

8mm vs 16mm (according to Brakhage)

Commenting on Bruce Conner's REPORT

“With 8mm you have all the immediate potentiality of the powers of a sketch. You have that brevity, the quickness, the lightweightedness of the camera, that expendability of it. Nothing in the area of 8mm will ever be in the consideration for prizes or awards.”

Bruce Conner

Film Maker, Artist, so so poet

We’d seen some of Conner’s movies during the Co-op days but it is this lecture by Stan Brakhage on Conner at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, April 1973, that gives you a greater understanding of him as an artist. There’s links to videos.

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